In the ever-changing, demanding, and fast-paced business of fashion and style, one of the most common elements of this rarefied and cutthroat industry is the presentation of a certain image, aesthetic, or lifestyle that consumers want to have. This is primarily achieved through the use of beautiful models—both men and women blessed with great genetics—who are often tapped by the most important fashion brands or magazines to showcase an array of high-quality garments, accessories, cosmetics, and other lucrative products. There’s no denying that models are considered such a vital presence in the fashion industry due to their ability to sell valuable goods, as well as embodying aspirational lifestyles to people who dream of living luxurious or glamorous lives.
But the downside to this aspect of the fashion world is that it often depicts standards of beauty which is not grounded in reality or that it does not represent a broader range of individuals who don’t look like perfect specimens of humanity. Sure, gorgeous and successful supermodels like Gisele Bündchen, Kate Moss, David Gandy, or Baptiste Giabiconi may be viewed as in-demand favorites of the industry and are able to drive sales for the brands they represent, but the fact remains that not everyone in the world looks like them. For some—if not most—people, the unrealistic beauty standards that the fashion industry often presents to the general public can have a harmful effect to everyday individuals who suffer from crippling self-esteem issues.